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Pyromorphite - Sold

Pyromorphite is a lead phosphate chloride. Hausmann (1813) named the mineral by combining Greek roots pyro, fire, and morphe, form. In the nineteenth century, routine chemical analysis involved blowpipe methods which melt and burn samples to observe spectral colors. Pyromorphite recrystallizes readily on cooling from a liquid state, hence the mineral name.

This is a crust of pyromorphite crystals to 4 mm covering both sides of a gossan matrix. Formerly part of the Arthur Flagg (1883-1961) collection.